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Oct 28, 2012 6:00pm EDT
as hurricane sandy moves through. >> david collins joins us live from queen anne's county where he spoke with the emergency services. >> strong wind has been whipping up reigned since 1:00. queen anne's county is surrounded by 27% water. the director of emergency services says he wants all residents -- they began asking for voluntary evacuation. he is urging residents to take the storm seriously. >> every county has trouble spots. the southern part of queen anne's county has lots of small tributaries. we do expect some issues. in the northern part of the county and churchill, we have had problems before. we are expecting flooding issues in both areas. anywhere in the county because we have so much shoreline, we expect issues from flooding. >> what are you prepared to do? >> we have been in contact with local volunteer fire departments. they are on standby. we have been in touch with the maryland emergency management agency and the state of delaware and virginia. we have requested military assets to help. we are expecting large personnel carriers and two supporter rescue teams so we have
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. you never know what tomorrow brings. >> we're going to check in with david collins in queen anne's county. what is going on? >> the effects of the storm seemed to have grown in intensity. you can hear the wind. it sounds like an ocean wave crashing on the shore. the wind has picked up the driving rain. sometimes it looks like there is a fire hose spraying the boats. power outages have climbed to 1200. trees are starting to fall in queen anne's county. 15 people are taking in vantage of shelters. the national guard has assets in place. anyone needing assistance should call 911. queen anne's county government is closed tuesday. it's essential employees are expected to go to work. a coastal flood advisory -- warning remains in effect. a high wind warning remains in effect. the bay bridge is closed because of gusts up to 75 miles an hour. we're told by emergency officials that the ugly part is still on its way. david collins from kent island, wbal-tv 11 news. >> that is what we have been hearing. this is not the worst of it yet. >> stay with us. we have more live coverage coming to y
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 6:30pm EDT
to david collins in queen anne's county. route 50 is deserted. standing water will keep you from passing. the volume of calls is increasing. it varies in intensity. there was a band of rain coming down about two minutes ago, and it felt like you were under a waterfall. now, it is less in intensity. sustained winds this afternoon. the national weather service was clocking about 35 miles per hour for a period of time. the gusts were absolutely ridiculous. we did not add anything to measure them with, but trust me. it was pretty intense. it is still going to become even more ugly. reporting live, david collins, wbal tv 11 news. >> they are now nearing 700,000 people in new jersey that are without power. we know that will take weeks, possibly weeks to get all of that restored. >> that happens very quickly. as soon as city enclosed to it hitting landfall, that 700,000 figure happened really quickly. what is going on. the winds are getting stronger every hour. it is getting nasty out here. larry, how are you doing? >> doing great. you need to come back when it is a lot son here. >> we hope we
NBC
Oct 18, 2012 6:00pm EDT
.5 million visitors and help pump millions into the economy. david collins has a look at the economic impact. some big numbers, david. >> these numbers are scorchers, but in a good way. one benefit was the opportunity to show baltimore city as a destination. in the words of organizers, it offers stem to stern fun. crews aboard 45 ships from around world personally greeted more than a quarter million visitors while docked at the inner harbor, fells point, and locust point. but it was probably why the most successful a larger celebration that have occurred. >> free entertainment looted 75 concerts'. we've been offered 55 food stands and 30 other exhibitors. the report says visitors spent $44 million in local restaurant and $6.80 million and overnight stays at hotels and motels. 65,000 people visited ford mcginley. 15,000 gathered to meet the blue angels. >> looking at the direct and indirect economic impact, about $161 million over the celebration. direct spending from visitors, vendors, and advertising. that money is then we spent in the local community. but the event generated $5.70 billion
NBC
Oct 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
not pass that a casino may not open in baltimore city. we asked david collins to look into the claim and he joins us with our own fact check. >> the last line of the tv ad got our attention. the general manager of the new baltimore city casinos as we are ready to build here and all that has to happen as question 7. >> we are ready to build right here. we are ready and it's real. all that has to happen as question 7. >> this claim is misleading. the casino will operate regardless of the outcome. they awarded caesars entertainment group a license over the summer and they will operate south of the stadium under the harrah's name. a city review panel rejected the proposal for a massive parking garages. they are seeking changes in the plans for traffic flow. the two-story facility will have 3700 slot machines. they want to partner with hotels and restaurants including shuttles back and forth. >> we will bring table games right here. >> passage will allow table games. caesars owns the world series of poker and pledged to schedule an aventis question 7 passes. >> a $25 million investment that will
NBC
Oct 26, 2012 12:00pm EDT
for the worst. david collins is in armory with reports on how folks are getting ready. >> good afternoon, jennifer. storm planning meetings are going on everywhere, including the national guard armory in parks bill. -- park fail. that includes meeting with the emergency management officials. the city is concerned about the potential of the storm. one thing is sandbagging. many of the ideas are worth repeating. >> if the power goes out, a battery-powered radio may be the only way to receive information. we want to make sure everyone has flashlights, battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. we keep talking about extra batteries. this is important, particularly since some people have their emergency prepared this kids from a year ago or two years ago. you might have the kit, but the batteries do not work. do not use candles. please, do not use candles. they pose a serious fire risk. we also asked people to make sure they have enough water for three days. >> in just a few minutes will hear from the maryland national guard. and later this afternoon, the baltimore county executive will o
NBC
Oct 26, 2012 6:00pm EDT
at least 41 people. >> we have live team coverage tonight. david collins spoke with maryland officials about emergency response. sarah is live in ocean city with how they are preparing. with tony. to begin how bad is this going to be? >> i have a little bit of good news. it does not look like maryland is going to get the worst case scenario. this is monday night and tuesday we're talking about. the route most of the weekend, there will not be a lot going on -- threw out most of the weekend, there will not be a lot going on. over on the right-hand side of your screen, you can see the center of the storm. that starts to produce some heavy rain. by the time we get into monday morning. at the center of the storm, it does not come up the chesapeake bay. that is most certainly good news. we're still going to get some heavy rain and wind gusting between 30 and 50 miles per hour. it will be much colder on tuesday, it might even be snowing in parts of maryland. it does not look like it is going to come up the chesapeake bay with a big storm surge. rob is in the middle river, where there used to
NBC
Oct 28, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. that is the latest year. david collins is standing by. i do not know if you are seeing what we are here, but it is a mess. >> nothing like that has come close to the island. it has been steady rain with wind gusts. that has been the extent of it since 1:00. queen anne's county is the gateway to the eastern shore. 27% of this area is surrounded by water. it is prone to flooding. authorities say it is not the amount of wind and rain, but the duration. they have requested help from the maryland national guard. military assets will include a large personnel carrier and swift water rescue equipment. a high wind warnings are in effect for the bridge area. they closed schools here through tuesday. within the hour, they have opened emergency shelters. there is one at can island high school and another at the middle school. pets are welcome until 8:00 tonight. david collins, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a look at the doppler shows us they are dealing with the outer bands spending on shore. the wind is well over 45, near 50 miles an hour off shore. 35 to 40 along the coastal areas. it is only going to get
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 6:03pm EDT
% of voters like that idea. small business owners as saying enough already. david collins joins us live from the newsroom with more. >> at a closed-door meeting, national chain stores are pushing this idea as a convenience for consumers. many people we talked with agree. local beer and wine shops oppose. they are framing their argument around concerns of losing their business and employees losing their jobs. suppose near the mill for the soda while there is a section dedicated to beer and wine. >> it would be more convenient to be able to get everything at one time. >> it might help people make a better choice of what -- if they're going to a grocery store, they might have made a bigger -- better choice for eating instead of just drinking. >> 64% of voters favored. 31% oppose, 5% offered no response. the same poll finds that women feel stronger than men. the baltimore suburbs followed by the eastern shore and southern maryland, their alliance -- they are more strongly in favor of it. >> they will stack displays up like this. it will not have to hire anybody. >> smaller businesses are opposed
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 5:00pm EDT
over, there is another high tide coming in a couple of hours. that is where david collins is. you have had a long couple of days. >> that is right. when is the continuing impact of the storm. what are some 50 yards away is still swallowing the road here and creeping along up to main street, right over there. still lots of wind, rain, and concern. caution rules in the wake of the storm. standing water on streets is deceptively deep. the unofficial speed limit on back roads is a crawl. this became more a sign of convenience than a warning. dozens of roads remained closed, mostly because of high water. the aftermath of the storm put one more thing on the to do list. >> just checking the batteries right now, making sure the telephone is working. >> a high tide was made stronger by the full moon. torrential rain and wind helped push it over the shoreline. >> probably about 8 inches right now. >> it came right up to the doorstep and headed back. we refer -- we were prepared, we built a bulkhead with that you build -- with a few bales of hay. >> del mar power had to wait until the ferocious w
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
with a plan to spur job growth in the construction industry. david collins is live in the news room with an update. >> he wants to do this by raising the debt ceiling. raising the debt ceiling is risky and a bad idea in general because it leads taxpayers on the hook to pay off the debt. the o'malley administration has come up with its own version of the job stimulus package. it is seeking to raise the state's debt ceiling by $150 million each year for the next five to pay for it. state controller told -- said the administration initially wanted a comttee to rubber- stamp the plan without the benefit of a public hearing. >> this combined to concerns i have about maryland. we have a culture of spending, taxing, and borrowing. that is a problem for the state. in annapolis, we have a culture of secrecy. perhaps the deputy treasury says the governor wants to take advantage of low interest rates. this will help move the party project forward while spurring job growth. maryland's unemployment rate to 7.1%. leading economist calls the governor's plan risky. >> it does sound like a mini- sti
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> of the first of 10 that will replace the agency's aging fleet. david collins has more on the story. >> impressive is an understatement. they have a contract to build state of the art helicopters that are the biggest and safest. today, the public got to see how tax dollars are being spent. the unveiling of the new helicopter marked the beginning of the new era in public safety. >> public safety is job one for all of us that have the honor to serve the public. the >> everything is larger and more efficient. the side doors are bigger, it has heat sensors, a license tag reader and satellite tracking. there is room for four patients, and a cargo bay can be accessed in flight. >> the leadership of o'malley was a just moving along with the status quo. >> a safer environment with the latest of technology. they give the paramedics more room and more equipment to care for the injured. it replaces a 20-year-old fleet spending too much time being repaired. >> the september 2008 fatal crash helped expedite the upgrade. safety features on the 139 including teheran awareness warning systems, nigh
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 6:00pm EDT
paid for unemployment insurance iwill be cut in half. david collins has the story. >> business owners rejoiced. slicing the unemployment insurance tax in half is welcome. the tax cut reflects the improving employment picture in maryland. this restaurant employees 40 people year round. >> i am sure other places might use it for more employees, without a doubt. >> the enjoyment insurance tax skyrocketed during the recession as more people added to the rolls. the fund bounced back to $795 million. for nearly 50 got% of the state's employers who have not cut staff in the last few years, the tax break could be significant. >> most employers and maryland will pay at least $100 less in unemployment insurance taxes annually per worker. the tax is tied to a series of automatic rate changes. the state paid back in 2010 before the interest kicked in. during that time, the o'malley administration resisted artificially lowering the rate. unlike many states face with lowering benefits, maryland stayed the same. >> the main components of unemployment insurance, including the amount of benefits and t
NBC
Oct 23, 2012 6:00pm EDT
us live in northwest baltimore. but first, david collins takes a closer look at the meaning behind it and the baltimore support for question 7. >> casino owners in west virginia are spending millions against question 7. that upsets me, and that upsets and jonathan ogden. >> why is mayor stephanie rawlings-blake supporting competition for baltimore's casinos? she has supported -- her staff said she endorsed the because it allows table games at all maryland facilities. there is a trade-off. table games will add another 500 jobs to the baltimore site and the city will get a 5% share of revenue. >> question 7 means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools. >> the mayor says question 7 also means more money for school construction, city property-tax relief, and operation of city recreation centers. analyst estimate the casino would cause a reduction in revenue, potentially $65 million loss. question seven guarantees there not be reduction of local impact aid in the city. there is nothing in place to do anything with the funds. casino operator will get a 7% tax break and the opport
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
earning 1% cash back on almost everything. >> sandy is still being felt in queen anne's county. >> david collins continues our live team coverage. >> it has been cold, windy, and rainey all day long. emergency officials say the storm -- they dodged a major bullet. this parking lot looks like a lake right now, and it is hard to tell in some places where the parking lot meets the road. the storm is still impacting the area. this used to be a parking lot. dozens of roads have been covered with water like this, creating detours. standing water has closed and created the tours for others. no one had to be rescued or evacuated, thankfully. at its peak, there are 5500 power outages. there is concern that some edgewater still coming down, and there is concern that high tide could push flood waters of another 5 feet. we will keep an eye on it. >> as bad as it was, we dodged a bullet, at least in this area. >> flooding tonight is going to be significant. getting reports of homes being flooded in calvert county. they are getting some serious flooding right now. that will make its way up toward anna
NBC
Oct 31, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, a store that may have you wondering about the safety of your money. david collins exposes a crime that caused maryland bank customers a lot of grief >> it was a brazen crime that happened over and over again at 8:00 p.m.'s at dozens of maryland banks, and it was all caught on tape. we have images of these thieves putting skimming images into bank systems. the devices we depend members and then bring their accounts. she is one of the victims. >> another check bounced and another check bounced. >> she was wearing that creditors might have thought that she was riding illegal checks. meanwhile, the scanners from bulgaria netted $6,000, and one of them is still on the loose. >> how they treated you put it to the cards and got away with the crimes were more than a year. and some of simple things you can do at the atm to protect you. >> coming up next, your maryland lottery pick 3 and pick 4 numbers. and we will get another check on the forecast. first, here is a look at how wall street is >> after nearly 12 hours, and new world series of poker champion has been crowned. the player from
NBC
Oct 27, 2012 5:00am EDT
impact with rob roblin and david collins and we begin with john collins in the weather center. what are the latest models predicting? >> the main event is still a couple of days away so the weekend, we will see some of the effects but the real blast comes the start of next week. sandy has been downgraded in the past 20 minutes to a tropical storm, it's a technical thing. winds are down to 70 miles an hour. before they downgraded it, the winds were 75. it's a minor thing and it's possible the storm will pick up strength again. the center of the storm will run over the gulf stream which is warm water so sandy will fluctuate wind-wise over the next couple of days. the two elements of storm on the radar, sandy, wide swath of rain from cape hatteras to the coast of florida and we have the other element, the cold front to the northwest with rains reaching from ohio and kentucky and tennessee. they all come together over us and we will see the first hint of this maybe tonight and better chance tomorrow and the real show starts monday and tuesday. more on the forecast coming up. >> with the
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
of transportation. david collins joins us live from the newsroom. he has more for us. >> auditors concluded the actions potentially violated state ethics laws. citing a lawsuit filed against them state officials will not discuss why they gave him another transportation job. mark flack, a former manager, resigned from his job in april 2011. after the office of legislative audit accused him of soliciting funds. as the director of the office of construction he initiated and manage construction and inspection contracts. he is a partial owner of a web business. a virginia company that promotes golf tournament for charitable causes. state auditors found seven firms that do business with the state listed as sponsors. auditors discovered five of them were procured through his office and two of the firms were rewarded a $16 million contract before the golf tournament. state auditors charging he may have attempted to expedite a warning of -- a warning of this contract and site an e-mail he wrote for staff that states in part, "we need to get this contract asap as it is long overdue. we want to get re
NBC
Oct 20, 2012 5:00am EDT
wide. david collins has the commitment 2012 update. >> to build it you have to vote for it. vote for question 7. >> question 7 makes lots of promises. >> with a combined $50 million campaign for and expense gaming doesn't tell you. >> millions of dollars for new schools and teachers. >> but not really. >> if it passes state wide and residents of prince georges county vote against it, then there may be no sixth casino site. the maryland general assembly put that option in the bill. the bill states legislative intent that the commission may not award a license for a facility in prince georges county unless the majority of voters approve the referendum authorized by the bill. >> legislative intent is not binding at all. in fact, in every bill there's legislative intent. what's different about this bill is it's ebbing mri sitly stated what it is. >> but experts say it's politically powerful. >> i think it's pretty strong. i think the commission would have to take very seriously the decision the voters of prince georges county. >> but they would face a lot of pressure. do they follow
NBC
Oct 24, 2012 11:00pm EDT
advertising for and against question 7 on expand gambling. david collins puts a recent ad against question 7 on the microscope. >> politicians claim money from a massive expansion of gambling will fund education. >> that claim is false. based off a perception hatched four years ago. in 1972, legislators supporting the lottery argued this they could generate $40 million a year for the general fund. not exclusively for education spending. some suggested lottery ticket revenue going to the general fund could be used for a variety of things, such as school construction, and drug rehab and mental health institutions. in 1972, maryland citizens approved a constitutional amendment. the proceeds go specifically to the general fund. the latta not earmarked lottery money going for education. -- the lottery did not earmarked lottery money going for education. lottery commercial never implied ticket sales will be fundamental to education. a percentage of gambling revenue goes to education trust fund. this would continue under question 7 and the new law sets up a commission to make sure that happens. thi
NBC
Oct 31, 2012 6:00pm EDT
days. in the words of one election judge, the lines are scary long this halloween. david collins joins us now from townshen univ.d >> 100,000 -- 192,721 people have taken advantage of early voting so far. while i was in line myself, i took an unscientific sampling of what brought people here. they said the tight president race and the referendum questions. >> you are witnessing a democracy in progress. thousands of voters lining up to exercise every citizen's privilege and duty. >> we expect a heavy turnout next week. >> record numbers of your voters -- neighbors are voting early. twice as many democrats have voted early. at some polling places the way it is as long as two hours. >> all belong. we have not even had a chance to eat. >> only one alternative all -- one alternative early voting site had to be activated. voters are setting the course of the direction the state will take four years to come. to go we of seven statewide questions and a whole much of county things. you almost need a ouija board to decide what you should vote for and against. >> martin o'malley brought his 10-ye
NBC
Oct 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
, police say he was approached and opened fire. david collins has the late breaking news. >> it happen right over there around 8:40 last night. alonso and his younger brother were unloading groceries for their grandmother. police do not have a motive, nor have they identified any suspects. on his first day of leave from the navy, the 24-year-old alonso is shot and killed while a family visit to his grandmother's house in south baltimore. >> they were approached by suspects' who exited a dark colored sedan. a gunman opened fire on the victims. >> martha does not want to be seen on camera. >> i heard a big round of loud shots and i could hear them screaming no, no, why him? he doesn't bother anybody. he doesn't know anybody. >> alonzo, who they called jr, and his younger brother had just parked around the corner from their grandmother. she ran to his rescue, cradling in comforting him as he lay bleeding next to his car. >> he made it out of the hood, came back to the united states for this. he did not deserve any of this at all. >> family says alonso always got good grades in school. he
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 5:00pm EDT
to david collins at kent island. tell us what is going on. >> we have cold temperatures, driving rain, power outages, and standing water. any one of those headlines could apply. all those headlines apply. local forecasters are saying the wind is from the northwest at 50 miles an hour. the wind gusts have been so strong it would not be surprisingf one of the sailboats masts snapped. the 75 mile an hour wind led to the closing of the bay bridge. he is not stuck in water. i am not sure what he is doing. we got off the phone with emergency management. they say 1200 households are without power right now. in queen anne's county, 15 people have decided to go to emergency shelters. anyone who needs assistance is urged to call for 911. the national guard is standing by and has vehicles to help you out. the number of the advisories is rising. we will give you those later. david collins, wbal-tv 11 news. we're standing by with rob roblin in baltimore county. you do not have any of this yet, or do you? >> yes, we do. you are getting strong wind gusts in baltimore county. the good news is the wat
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm EDT
next year. in some cases, at least $100 less per employee. coming up at 6:00, david collins explains why. it was quite a game, yesterday's ravens-cowboys game had everyone talking today. we will look at all the action in tonight's sideline soundtrack, next. david smallwood: maryland money needs to stay in maryland. it's just that simple, i mean, it's a no brainer. anncr: every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty... million at casinos in west virginia, delaware... and pennsylvania. one west virginia paper calls it a "cash cow" for them. but its cost maryland over one billion dollars. money that could have created good jobs and... better schools for us. question seven keeps maryland money in maryland. david smallwood: question seven, i think it will be a... good thing for the state of maryland. it's heavy lifting. you start with a democratic senator named ben. by getting bwi-marshall funding for new runways, he's helping us serve 21 million passengers a year, which helps keep 100,000 jobs that depend on the airport, and that means more cargo for more businesses and more skyca
NBC
Oct 12, 2012 5:00pm EDT
gambling is targeting voters specifically in the baltimore metro. david collins will check the facts. police reacting to a number of recent incidents involving guns in schools. in schools. those it's heavy lifting. you start with a democratic senator named ben. by getting bwi-marshall funding for new runways, he's helping us serve 21 million passengers a year, which helps keep 100,000 jobs that depend on the airport, and that means more cargo for more businesses and more skycaps unloading more taxis... welcome to bwi. ...carrying families with more luggage. thanks. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approve this message. [monotone] she says, "switch to progressive and you could save hundreds." call or click today. >> the space shuttle endeavor and its on its last mission to the california science center. it is a pain staking a strike which could take up to two days. 9 million pounds of steel is accommodating the weight of the shuttle. they have been cutting down trees and removing street lights. at about 2:00, it
NBC
Oct 23, 2012 5:00pm EDT
ravens tackle is raising some eyebrows tonight. david collins takes a closer look into why the mayor likes the competition. but first, the students are attending a virtual high school class. i will explain, coming up. i've always been lucky. flew 37 bombing missions over germany. made it home every time. i'm lucky to have good friends who are all still around, and we're all lucky to have a friend named ben. ben's protected our medicare and veterans' benefits. and he's helping my 13 grandchildren afford college. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i'm honored to approve this message. x some students in baltimore or attending classes in a virtual sorts.chool of start >> this might be the quietest high school classroom in baltimore. that is because these students are all taking a different class online. it is part of the new virtual high school program. >> in a small school, we don't have the availability of sending teachers to do extra activities with the students, so this affords our juniors and seniors the opportunity to take classes that we would n
NBC
Oct 26, 2012 5:00pm EDT
are closed come up school buses will be available for evacuation's if needed. >> david collins, thank you so much. people all over the baltimore area are preparing for the worst. they're stocking up on food, buying back up generators if they can find them. >> people were lined up to buy generators. he sold over 100 generators in four hours this morning. >> we stockpile about 254 storms like this. -- 250 for storms like this. by the end of business on saturday, i think there will be gone. >> you know what that is like. >> i am pretty sure we will be without power and all that stuff. >> not worried about air conditioning or anything like that, just freezers. >> a data wilson point park, folks were busy pulling out their boats. >> we're going to put it up for storage and avoid the big storm. >> i do not live on the water personally, i ain't got no worries. i feel sorry for the people live on the water. >> in another trailer was backing end. these folks know what a storm surge can do. >> they were stuck to the. last time, on top of the polls. >> and testing to get them off of the water. >> yes,
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, as always. now we're going to go to david collins. he is -- how are things there? >> you know, just a few secondses oo ago, it was very quiet here. very little rain. no wind gusts. now the wind is starting to kick up again. let's take a look at some flags. this wreaked havoc on the maryland flag. look at the poor u.s. flag. that is all from wind gusts today. now earlier today, as the wind and rain picked up, a lot of people were coming in and out of hotel. we ran into a couple who spent the last couple of days on their 38-foot sailboat. they said the wind noise and rough seas were just too much so they checked into a hotel. 5100 power outages in queen anne's county. speaking of roads, the bay bridge as we mentioned earlier today, closed this afternoon because of wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour. this evening, sustained winds of 80 miles praur were clocked on the bridge. 16 -- per hour were clocked on the bridge. 16 people seeked emergency shelter. the sheriff's office arrested a disorderly person and found drugs on them. everyone is bracing for a storm surge tomorrow, actually between m
NBC
Oct 31, 2012 5:00pm EDT
this halloween, but that is a good thing. and >> that is a lot. and david collins has been visiting early voting places in joins us from the university with more. >> today is the first day of early voting after the storm. state election officials describe turn out as brisk. overall record breaking when you compare it to maryland's first experience with it back in 2010. >> you are witnessing democracy and progress. thousands of voters lining up to exercise america's hard fought right. record numbers of your neighbors are voting early. twice as many democrats have voted early than republicans, libertarians, independents and others combined. at some polling places the way it is as long as two hours. >> we have not even had a chance to eat. take a state officials for pro -- report no voting problems. only one alternative early voting site had to be activated. a close presidential race, several statewide ballot quests, and local issues are credited for the huge turnout. voters are setting the course of the direction the state will take four years to come here e.ain > >> i think it is huge. not just t
NBC
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am EDT
of state of the art choppers. our 11 news i team reporter david collins has a look at what are the best helicopters on the market. >> the public unveiling of the new maryland state police helicopter marks the beginning of a new era in safety. >> public safety is job one for all of us who have the honor to serve the public. >> everything about this aircraft is larger, more efficient than the current ones. its side doors are bigger. it's equipped with heat sensing, a license tag reader and satellite tracking. its twin engines will allow the crew to fly on one. >> the state of maryland wshg the leadership of governor o'malley doesn't just move along with the status quo. >> they provide a safer environment for our crew, with the latest in aviation technology. they give our flight paramedics more room and more equipment to care for the injured. they replace a fleet that was 20 years old that was spending too much time needing repairs and not enough time with the mission. >> the september 2008 fatal crash of trooper 2 in zero visibility conditions helped ebbing pe diet the fleet up grade. fea
NBC
Oct 19, 2012 5:00pm EDT
statewide. david collins begins our coverage live from the newsroom. >> the language is not legally binding but is politically powerful. if that scenario plays out, the slots commission is likely to deny a sixth casino site. with the combined $50 million campaign for and against it does not tell you, is if it passes statewide and residence in prince george's county vote against it, there may be no sixth casino site. the bill states legislative intent that they may not award a license unless the majority of voters in the county approve the referendum authorized by the bill. >> it is not legally binding. in every bill, there is legislative intent. what is different about this one is it is explicitly stated what the legislative intent is. the legislative intent is.
NBC
Oct 20, 2012 9:00am EDT
. early voting begins october 27th and ends november 1st. david collins wbal tv 11 news. >>> read up on question seven and all the referendum questions on the november ballot using our new election 2012 smart phone app. you can all keep up with the presidential campaigns, plus the latest polls in the race for the white house. just search and download election 2012 on your smart phone or tablet. >>> time right now 9:35. keeping your bones healthy in our woman's doctor, how vitamin d can play an essential role, and how much is too much. >>> if you want your vehicle to last throughout the year, car care through the winter. >>> little stormy last night but now we have some sunshine. insta weather plus forecast just ahead. >> let's look at the radar. clouds off shore. that's where the rain has gone from yesterday. it's not in range of the radar. we have a clean sweep of the radar. you can see a gray edge that runs across our area just west of town. that's cloudiness. a little impulse stretching through. that's bringing clouds in. there's no rain in it. that's a good part of this thing. we
CNN
Oct 11, 2012 4:00am PDT
the strategy will be for the vice president. gail collins said don't expect a bored biden and david brooks said this. i'm thinking more along the lines of a wolverine, leaping across the stage and sinking his disturbingly perfect teeth into ryan's neck and just hanging on. that seems like a bit of an exaggeration. >> i think it is a bit of an exaggeration but the vice president is very much looking forward to the debate tonight. there are really clear distinctions between the president and mitt romney, even if governor romney is trying to fuzzy up those distinctions in the final weeks of the campaign. you know, one feature of this debate that will be interesting is a few weeks ago, soledad, congressman ryan was on television. when asked to explain how they're going to pay for this $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, he said, well, it's too complicated to explain in this short period of time. well now he has 90 minutes to do it. perhaps he'll use hits time that way. >> that $5 trillion number, which you keep repeating over and over again, even though many people have said it's factually not tru
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